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Claims of gay concentration camp come from Russian press

Russian paper is claiming that Chechen officials are putting gay men in a concentration camp.
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Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta originally broke the story last week that Chechan law enforcement have rounded up about 100 men they believed to be homosexuals detaining them, alleging some of the men arrested were also being killed.

The Russian government denies these claims calling them “gossip,” and the press secretary of the Interior Ministry of the Czech Republic called it a failed “joke” done by the paper.

The Chechan government also denies that there are any homosexuals living in Chechnya and therefore none to be detained, going on to say, “such people have no place in Chechnya. They do not deserve the right to life.”

Now the Russian publication is reporting that there is a secret military camp in which the suspected gay men are being held and questioned.

Further Novaya Gazeta reports that these “camps” are being used to not only illegally detain these citizens but they are also being tortured with shock treatments and held for ransom.

Reports are also stating that the prisoners are being forced to out other gay men or risk torture.

They report that trustworthy sources and witnesses have said three men have already been killed and perhaps a fourth.

Gay Star News reported last week that  a make-shift electric chair was constructed to be used on people to snitch on other gay men. 

A hotline was set up for LGBT Russians and many have reluctantly come forward with personal testimony about the Chechan government and their oppressive nature towards homosexuals.

Russian group LGBT Network told Metro: “No national and/or religious traditions and norms can justify kidnapping or killing of a human being. Any references to ‘traditions’ to justify kidnappings and killings are amoral and criminal.”

They add, “The Russian LGBT Network is ready to evacuate people.”

Svetlana Zakharova, from the Russian LGBT Network, told MailOnline: "Gay people have been detained and rounded up and we are working to evacuate people from the camps and some have now left the region."

In addition several countries from the European Union have asked Russia to investigate the claims. 

A United States State Department spokesperson said, "We condemn violence against any individuals based on their sexual orientation or any other basis," .

"We urge the Russian government to conduct an independent and credible investigation into the alleged killings and mass arrests, and hold the perpetrators responsible.

"We were likewise deeply disturbed by local authorities statements that apparently condone and even incite violence against LGBTI persons."

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